Scott Watson

Composer & Educator

WELCOME to the website of veteran music educator and frequently commissioned/published composer, Dr. Scott Watson.

The Music of Scott Watson

on Alfred's Score & Sound YouTube Channel

Social Distancing Blues

Available as FREE content in SmartMusic (visit for any band instrument or voice and piano. Performed here by the Dolcetto Trio (

Composer Name That Tune Challenge!

A silly, little game show where I attempt to guess my own compositions after hearing only 5 seconds of each. See how I did!

  • This new product yields a musically viable/attractive outcome with virtually ANY combination of 4 instruments

  • Includes play-along PERCUSSION TRACK for each selection!

  • PERFECT for face-to-face, remote/online, and hybrid teaching scenarios.

A NEW collection of flexible instrumentation and instrument-specific solos, with piano accompaniment, written by some of your favorite composers in the band world. Available in SmartMusic and at Each solo comes with SI Soloist Exercises which help prepare the player, and Sound Advice program notes and rehearsal tips.

by Scott Watson:

Monarch (Solo Flute and Piano, Grade 3).

Mustang Spirit (Any Band Instrument and Piano, Grade 2)

Sur la Glace (Solo Oboe and Piano, Grade 2)

BRIEF BIO: Dr. Scott Watson has taught instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA) for more than 30 years and serves as adjunct professor for a number of universities in the region (Cairn University, University of the Arts , Moravian College, Central Connecticut State University's Summer Music Institute, University of Valley Forge).

He is a frequently commissioned composer with more than 100 published pieces for band, strings and chamber instruments at all levels. His music has received recognition from the American Composer's Forum, American Music Center, Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia (among others), and been performed at venues around the world, including the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the Midwest Clinic (Chicago) and the White House (Washington, D.C.). Watson is an exclusive composer for Alfred Publications, a contributor to the Sound Innovations concert band series, and an Alfred Clinician.

Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators around the U.S. and in Australia and Canada, frequently serves as guest conductor for honor and festival bands, and is the author of the highly regarded music education text, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (©2011, Oxford University Press). Watson was recognized by the Parkland School District in 2015 with a Parkland Pride Award for outstanding achievement, and he was awarded the 2020 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award.